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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning (EDTL)

Welcome to the Department of Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning (EDTL) where we prepare future and current educators to excel in their teaching!


We Value...


So, We...

  • Learners and Learning 
  • Treat all learners with respect and equity.
  • Offer rigorous, stimulating and interactive learning experiences 
  • Modeling and Reflective Practice 
  • Exemplify current evidence-based practices and engage in reflective practice to hone our knowledge and skills to provide our pre-service teachers with the best educational experience, but also so they may experience an excellent instructional model to inform their future teaching.    
  • Learning by Doing 
  • Provide hands-on experiences with our prek-12 partners, so that our pre-service teachers have hundreds of instructional hours prior to graduation. 
  • Teacher-Scholar Model 
  • Engage in research to enhance our pedagogical and theoretical knowledge and instructional skills.  


     Achieve your dream teaching position with an education degree from CWU, the recognized leader in teacher education in the State of Washington! In our teacher education programs, you will learn and cultivate state-of-the-art knowledge, practices and assessments, and dispositions. Our constructivist methodology enhances the engagement of learners, so that they may collaboratively build their understandings, develop and hone skills and illuminate their belief systems.

Undergraduate Majors, Minors, and Endorsement Programs

We offer an array of teacher preparation programs in Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education (Birth to Kindergarten), Elementary Education, Highly Capable (Gifted), Literacy, Middle School Humanities, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The majority of our program offerings lead to Washington State teacher licensure and/or endorsements, but we do offer non-endorsement programs for those who are interested.

Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs

For individuals who hold Bachelor’s degrees, you may obtain an initial licensure through our teacher education programs, which is called a Post-Baccalaureate licensure. You may take courses at the undergraduate or graduate level depending on your interests.

For current educators who wish to advance their careers and teaching, you may join our online master's programs in Literacy, and TESL/Bilingual Education, Special Education.

Find out more about our educational specialization in the list below.


Bilingual Education/TESL undergraduate/graduate 

Early Childhood Education undergraduate

Elementary Education undergraduate                       

Literacy undergraduate / graduate 

Teaching English As A Second Language undergraduate / graduate 

Special Education undergraduate / graduate 


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